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Because it is fiction; entertainment, first and foremost. It's not intended to be a scientifically accurate treatise on exactly how it would be like in a post apocalyptic world short on people. Folks would be milling around all day gathering roots, scratching themselves, and wondering where to walk to next. Not exactly great entertainment. How the various ...


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It's not likely that the apron corresponds directly to rank. In a Masterpiece photo gallery thing, The World of Downton Abbey author Jessica Fellowes notes: The maids had to make their own uniforms of two dresses: a print dress with a plain apron for cleaning in the morning, changing into a black dress with a more decorative pinny for the afternoons and ...


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It is a Lebanon Cedar. From the wikipedia page about Highclere Castle - the location for the fictional Downton Abbey. The famous 18th century seed collector Bishop Stephen Pococke was a friend and brought Lebanon Cedar seeds from a trip to Lebanon


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It also indicates how long they've been in service, because they would have made their aprons when they started working, and followed the fashions of that time. Look at Anna, who's head housemaid. Her apron is older, and therefore more old-fashioned (it looks like something from the very turn of the century rather than 1912), because she's been working there ...


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To agree with the comment that Tacroy has put forward: It's my personal theory that while being interrogated, Bates told the prosecution about all those things he said and who could confirm it, just because he's such a giant dramaface. I can only assume that Bates was honest to the core and admitted these things to the police under interrogation as he ...


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The full episodes are gone from the Masterpiece website so I can't check the exact wording, but it was something like "I told you to set the expensive prizes up higher."


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I'm not sure why the Wikipedia synopsis as you quoted it puts a link between Matthew’s final words during their conversation (“War has a way of distinguishing [...]”) and Thomas then getting himself wounded. I think the link lies clearly in the exchange they have just before those words: Thomas: Miss O'Brien keeps me informed. Lady Edith's driving. Lady ...


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Period pieces depend quite a bit on the innate knowledge of the audience to place the time accurately for understanding of the story. Usually the director or writer assist by leaving breadcrumbs within the story to acclimate the audience. A show that does this extremely well is Mad Men which usually chronicles a national or well-known local event within the ...


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Most probably it was a (rather primitive version of) cervical cap. According to this detailed article Marie Stopes recommends it in her book Married Love (the one that Mary was reading), although she also mentions other methods of anticonception. However as someone in this discussion correctly noticed we have more clues suggesting it was the cap: ...


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You didn't get the correct quote; according to the wikia it is: When Bates asks if it works, he flippantly replies "Well, as I make it and I advertise it, is it likely I'd say no?" The line is particularly relevant in context: Mr. Bates: I saw this advertisement for a limp corrector. What does it do exactly? Salesman: It corrects limps. ...


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It was explained in the show. She decided to become lady's maid of Susan MacClare. It was in the first episode of the fourth season (I don't remember if it was shown or only mentioned). From her page on Downton Abbey Wiki: In February 1922, she sneaked away in the night to travel to India to be a lady's maid to Susan MacClare, Marchioness of ...


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It was never revealed in either the show itself or by the show runners. This, of course, hasn't stopped people from speculating. This was back in the 1920's, the operation seemed small enough that anesthesia was not needed, and it required a period of abstinence. According to this blog this narrows it down a bit to removing the hymen and removing tubal ...


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In relation to the conversation Mrs. Hughes heard through the grating; Mrs. Hughes, as we know, told Carson. Carson no doubt blabbed to His Lordship, as usual. His Lordship told his wife, Lady Grantham, and Her Ladyship blabbed to O'Brien, as usual. O'Brien, of course, told Thomas. Either that, or O'Brien and/or Thomas was lurking in the hallway, and ...



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